• Monday, Mar 24, 2014

    Carnegie Hall Presents Julio Iglesias in Concert on Thursday, April 24 in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Concert Is Part of Carnegie Hall's Medal of Excellence Event Honoring Philanthropist and Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta
    Acclaimed Tenor Vittorio Grigolo to Appear as Special Guest Artist
    Mr. de la Renta Recognized as Outstanding Leadership in Business and Philanthropy


    Photo courtesy of Carnegie Hall

    Program Information
    Thursday, April 24 at 9:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    with special guest artist Vittorio Grigolo

    Honoring Oscar de la Renta
    On Thursday, April 24 at 9:00 p.m. Carnegie Hall presents a performance by internationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter Julio Iglesias in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The public concert follows the presentation of the seventh Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence to world-renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta in a pre-concert gala event at 6:30 p.m. in The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. The April 24 concert, open to both Medal of Excellence gala patrons and members of the public, marks the singer’s first time performing at Carnegie Hall in 25 years. Mr. Iglesias made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1975 and returned in 1989. In addition, tenor Vittorio Grigolo will appear as a special guest artist with Mr. Iglesias in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Mr. de la Renta said, “Julio is like a brother to me. I am unbelievably honored that he will be joining me at Carnegie Hall, a place with an extraordinary soul that for me holds a very special meaning.”

    “Carnegie Hall is proud to honor Carnegie Hall trustee and legendary fashion icon Oscar de la Renta with our seventh Medal of Excellence in recognition of his internationally renowned business leadership and exceptional philanthropy,” said Sanford I. Weill, Chairman of the Carnegie Hall’s Board of Trustees. “As a beloved and dedicated trustee, Oscar has lent his creative talent to furthering Carnegie Hall’s mission since 1987. He is a true visionary who has made incomparable contributions to society and has altered countless lives around the world.”

    The April 24 Medal of Excellence gala event at The Plaza includes a cocktail reception, dinner, and award ceremony, followed by Mr. Iglesias’s performance in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. All proceeds from this evening benefit Carnegie Hall’s artistic, education, and community programs. The award, recognizing Mr. de la Renta’s outstanding leadership in business and philanthropy, will be presented by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Sanford I. Weill serves as the event’s Honorary Gala Chair alongside Gala Chair Annette de la Renta, and the Gala Chair Committee Mercedes T. Bass, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Charles Engelhard Foundation, Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis, Ralph and Ricky Lauren, Catie and Donald Marron, Frank and Haydee Rainieri, Beatrice Santo Dominco, and Anna Wintour. Underwriting support is provided by Grupo Puntacana. Gala tables are priced at $100,000, $50,000, $25,000, and $15,000 and include a table of eight or ten guests at the Gala Awards Dinner and prime concert seating. Individual gala tickets are priced at $5,000, $2,500, and $1,500 and also include dinner and prime concert seating. To reserve gala tables and tickets, please call the Special Events Office at 212-903-9679 or email specialevents@carnegiehall.org.

    Concert-only tickets, with prices ranging from $80–$225, are currently available and can be purchased at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    About the Honoree
    Oscar de la Renta left his native Dominican Republic at the age of eighteen, to study painting at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. While living in Spain, he became interested in the world of design and began sketching for leading Spanish fashion houses, which soon led to an apprenticeship with Spain’s most renowned couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga. Later, Mr. de la Renta left Spain to join Antonio Castillo as a couture assistant at the house of Lanvin in Paris. In 1963, he came to New York to design the couture collection for Elizabeth Arden and in 1965 began his signature ready-to-wear label. Today, the company also produces a bridal collection, a beauty line, a home collection, childrenswear, and a complete range of accessories, including handbags, shoes, and jewelry. In 2008, Oscar de la Renta opened its first international stores in Athens and Madrid and has continued its expansion with the opening of Dubai in 2009, Tortuga Bay and Riyadh in 2012, and London in 2013. In August 2013, the house completed an expansion of its New York boutique, doubling their space on Madison Avenue.

    Oscar de la Renta’s talents have received continual international recognition. He was the co-recipient of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Womenswear Designer of the Year in 2007. In 2006, Oscar de la Renta received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Parsons’ 58th Annual Benefit and Fashion Show in 2006. He received the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award in 2000. In February 1990, he was honored with the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award. From 1973 to 1976, and from 1986 to 1988, he served as President of the CFDA. He is also a two-time winner of the Coty American Fashion Critic’s Award and was inducted into the Coty Hall of Fame in 1973. From 1993 until 2002, Oscar de la Renta designed the haute couture collection for the house of Pierre Balmain, becoming the first American ever to design for a French couture house. Oscar de la Renta has been awarded La Gran Cruz de la Orden del Mérito Civil from King Juan Carlos of Spain and the French Legion d’Honneur as a Commandeur.

    The Dominican Republic has also honored its best known native son as one of its most distinguished citizens, with the order al Mérito de Juan Pablo Duarte and the order of Cristóbal Colón. In 1996, Mr. de la Renta received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Heritage Society, and in 2000 he marched down Fifth Avenue as Grand Marshal of New York City’s Hispanic Day Parade. Also in 2000, he received the Gold Medal of Bellas Artes from the King of Spain.

    Mr. de la Renta is a tireless patron of the arts. He serves as a board member of Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, and Channel Thirteen/WNET. He also serves on the boards of important institutions such as New Yorkers for Children, the Americas Society, and is presently chairman of the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute. Mr. de la Renta has also helped build a much needed school and day-care center in the Dominican Republic that cares for over 1,500 children on a daily basis.

    About the Evening’s Featured Artist
    Singer Julio Iglesias has sold over 300 million copies of his 80 albums released worldwide. As the 1983 Guinness Book of Records recognized, on awarding him the only Diamond Disc ever given by this institution, Mr. Iglesias has sung and recorded in the most languages in the history of music.

    In the 46 years of his unstoppable career, Mr. Iglesias has received 2,600 platinum and gold records. He has performed more than 5,000 concerts in 600 cities around the world, and over 60 million people have seen him perform live. In addition to his own solo performances, Julio Iglesias has been featured in duets with many famous artists including Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Art Garfunkel, Paul Anka, Charles Aznavour, Sting, The Beach Boys, Alejandro Fernández, and Plácido Domingo.

    Mr. Iglesias has earned awards, accolades, and recognition around the globe. He received a Grammy Award in 1988 and one year later was awarded a star with his name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He holds an American Music Award; the prestigious “ASCAP Pied Piper Award,” the highest award of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers; and was named a UNICEF Special Ambassador for the Performing Arts, among many other honors.

    In April 2013, in Beijing, Mr. Iglesias received two historic awards: the Guinness World Record for being the Best-Selling Male Latin Artist as well as the First & Most Popular International Artist in China Award. The April 24 concert at Carnegie Hall―open to both gala patrons and members of the public―marks the singer’s first time performing at Carnegie Hall in 25 years. Mr. Iglesias made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1975 and returned in 1989.

    About the Evening’s Special Guest Artist
    Born in Arezzo, Italy, Vittorio Grigolo is the quintessential Italian tenor. He began his vocal career 24 years ago as a soloist in the Sistine Chapel Choir; at 37, he is considered one of the finest tenors of his generation. He has performed principal tenor roles in the world’s most prestigious opera houses and has received critical acclaim for both his vocal and acting talents. Mr. Grigolo has a repertoire that includes more than twenty operas. In 2010, he made his debut at The Metropolitan Opera as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème, and he returned to the company as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto in 2013. Mr. Grigolo has been honored with a number of awards, including the prestigious ECHO Klassik Newcomer of the Year award in 2011. With three successful album releases on Sony Classical, this year will see the release of his new album, “The Romantic Hero” a collection of Vittorio’s favorite French opera arias.” Highlights of the current season include appearances at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, the Deutsche Oper, Berlin and The Metropolitan Opera.

    About Carnegie Hall
    Since 1891, New York City's Carnegie Hall has set the international standard for excellence in performance. Its walls have echoed with applause for the world's outstanding classical music artists, as they have for the greatest popular musicians and many prominent dancers, authors, social crusaders, and world figures who have appeared on its stages.

    Today, the venue remains a preeminent concert hall and a vital, active cultural destination for performers and audiences. Carnegie Hall presents more than 170 performances by the world's finest artists each season on its three great stages—the renowned Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, intimate Weill Recital Hall, and innovative Zankel Hall—with offerings ranging from orchestral concerts, chamber music, and solo recitals to jazz, world, and popular music. In addition to Carnegie Hall’s presentations, the venue is also home to over 500 independently produced events each year. Complementing its performance activities, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute creates extensive music education and community programs that will serve more than 400,000 people in the New York City metropolitan region, across the United States, and around the world annually next season, playing a central role in Carnegie Hall's commitment to making great music accessible to as many people as possible. For more information about Carnegie Hall, please visit carnegiehall.org.
    Ticket Information
    Medal of Excellence Gala Tables are priced at $100,000, $50,000, $25,000, and $15,000 and include a table of eight or ten guests at the Gala Awards Dinner and prime concert seating. Individual gala tickets are priced at $5,000, $2,500, and $1,500 and also include dinner and prime concert seating. To reserve gala tables and tickets, please call the Special Events Office at 212-903-9679 or email specialevents@carnegiehall.org.

    Concert-only tickets, priced $80–$225, are currently available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, as well as through calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org. Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change.
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